Movie Poster of the Week: Jacques Deray’s “La Piscine”

Movie Poster of the Week: Jacques Deray’s “La Piscine”
To make up for the summer we never had last year, or to whet our appetite for vacation days ahead, Film Forum and Rialto Pictures are reviving Jacques Deray’s sweltering St. Tropez-set erotic thriller La Piscine, a.k.a. The Swimming Pool (1969), on the big screen starting today.The beautiful new poster for the re-release was illustrated by one of my favorite contemporary poster artists, the great Laurent Durieux, whose magnificent modern-retro designs for classic films are always drop-dead gorgeous, impeccably detailed and invariably very clever. His Hitchcocks are especially remarkable. His composition for La Piscine plays off David Hockney’s 1972 painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) which features a fully-clothed man standing on the edge of a pool looking down on a man swimming underwater. The reflections on the water in Durieux’s painting are undeniably Hockneyesque, but he replaces the man on the pool
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